Here's what I have to say about it-
- It is different from the ordinary and over worked Nutcracker story. Nice to have a new tale.
- The choreography is much more 20th century and less classical and I think here that is a positive thing.
- It is set in the art deco period (20s) and the sets were lovely and creative.
- The principals were - as usual -first rate, including a corps de ballet doing a Rockettes style chorus line that was really fun and well executed.
- The role of the Nutcracker/John Ringling North was danced by the terrific Thomas Giugovaz and he was up to the task of dancing on the same stage as Graziano!
the not so good-
- Too much going on - on the stage- at a lot of points.
- The "amateurs" really lived "up" to their status. A lot of movement but not a lot of genuine dance going on there.
ProTip (LOL) - The best way for a mediocre ballet company in small town America to fill their seats would be to "hire' everyone's kids to "star" in the ballet (the place was packed with parents and siblings - some of whom cried upon the first notes - LOL - everyone's a critic LOL)
So I know I will sound like the Grinch when I say 'once was enough.' I was interested to see how this version was staged. I liked the story and the choreography but the choreography was sometimes a jarring juxtaposition with the actual music of Tchaikovsky. dancing the Charleston or a tango to this music seemed a bridge too far.
In any event I now can say I have seen this ballet performed. We can all now go back to ballet performed by professionals which our company has in droves!